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Useful Tools and Gadgets for Your Kitchen in 2022

To cook a stunning dinner, you need a sharp knife, a good frying pan, and nothing else, according to the kitchen conservatives among us. But we have to admit: we love kitchen gadgets that do all the work for us! We see no reason not to rejoice at the inventions of progress that simplify the process and boost the taste of homemade dishes to restaurant level at the touch of a button.

The level of technological effectiveness of kitchen utensils at the moment is so high that you can create masterpieces, even without special culinary skills. We have put together this guide to help you navigate the variety of offerings on the market and choose the best ones for your next cooking expedition!

1. This smart soup maker will prepare the right number of servings of the perfect soup with minimal participation from the chef.

4.5 stars out of 5
76% positive reviews

This compact kitchen device will solve the problem of preparing healthy hot meals every day! Cooking the perfect soup will not take you more than half an hour!

  • Place the leftover vegetables in your fridge (which you might otherwise just throw away) in the soup maker.
  • Pour the broth of your choice over the vegetables, after measuring out the desired number of servings, and press the button.
  • Turn on the motorized blending blade if you’d like a smoother consistency.

Here’s what buyers think of it:

I am no cook, but I can make soup with this!
I have had a soup maker for a number of years and unfortunately, my last one stopped working. I am impressed that this one is so much easier to use, the controls are easier than I imagined. Since I am not cooking anything, it allows me to throw the ingredients in and select the type of soup (smooth or chunky), and the timing is sorted out. I usually make one for immediate consumption, and the rest I bag and freeze. I have been using this one for about a week now and much impressed. @David Burnley

Best kitchen gadget!
I now have soup at least once a week!
It’s so easy to use, just chop all your raw veg, add some seasoning and some stock, and turn it on, you can’t go wrong!
It has 2 soup modes: chunky and smooth. I always put it on chunky first and then use the blend button to smooth it out at the end, but not too much as it would by just using the smooth option.
It does have a juice setting where you can make juices, but I haven’t used this yet.
This has helped me cut down on food and veg waste because as soon as any leftover veg starts to get to the brink of going bad, I chuck it all in the soup maker and have it for a quick lunch. It’s easy to portion out and freeze for the future too.
Very easy to clean, just rinse it out after use. Don’t let it sit with leftovers in for too long, as it will be harder to clean. @Emma

You should consider this before buying:

The volume of the soup pot is small and is suitable for 1-3 servings of fresh soup every day. But it is unlikely that you will be able to fully feed a large company with its help.
The soup bowl is not removable, which is inconvenient for some users. You can boil it with water for better cleaning.

Questions and answers:

Q: How powerful is the motor?
A: There is a rotary blender with a small blade (similar to the one in a hand blender). It is only used to grind the contents of your soup. This is not a stirrer and only works for a short time after cooking. The engine that drives it is quite suitable for this task.

2. The stainless-steel automatic rinser will instantly clean your glasses and bottles, which can be so difficult to rinse by hand.

4.7 stars out of 5
83% positive reviews

This kitchen gadget connects directly to the water supply system. You no longer have to fiddle with drinking dishes, the depth of which even the dishwasher does not always reach.

  • Place the glass or bottle upside down.
  • Press lightly on the glass.
  • Powerful jets of water from the sprayer will instantly remove dirt from the inside of the dishes!

Here’s what buyers think of it:

Love it!
Ok, so I was not sure about buying this, but I’m so happy I did! I worried that it would have a slow dripping leak to it, and it certainly does not. It blasts the cups clean quickly before I load them in our dishwasher and let’s be real, it’s kinda just fun to have, or at least I think so. My husband installed it, and the difficulty he had was drilling a hole in our stainless steel sink (that scared me because he’s ALWAYS messing stuff up, honestly, and I thought this time it would cost me 400.00 to replace the sink, but thankfully he did great!). So if you already have a hole for this, then easy peasy! But drilling was not a great time. Super happy with my purchase! No leaks, and I’ve had it and used it many times in the last couple of months. @Tiffany Sclesky

Works great.
I got it before my wife and I found out we were having a baby. Installed when it was just us and works great on cups, as advertised. Now that we have a little one another win for baby bottles. Glad I got this. @SdrewH

You should consider this before buying:

You will have to put in the time and effort to install and drill a hole in your sink. Follow the instructions carefully, as some users have not been able to avoid water leaks.

Questions and answers:

Q: What are the dimensions of this item?
A: ‎It’s 12.5 cm x 6.78 cm x 2.49 cm.

Q: Are the hoses included?
A: Yes, the hose and mounting fittings are delivered with the unit.

3. The Ninja Foodi air fryer allows you to cook 2 different dishes at the same time in less than 30 min.

4.8 stars out of 5
90% positive reviews

It will be much faster than in a convection oven! Preparing a full dinner with a crispy crust will be a breeze. Roasting with a minimum amount of fat makes this gadget truly useful for both your kitchen and your health.

  • Load the fryer bowls with food. You can even use frozen foods by cooking them without defrosting them!
  • Start one of the 6 cooking modes. You can run 2 different modes for each dish at the same time.
  • Wash the fryer parts in the dishwasher!

Here’s what buyers think of it:

Probably the best kitchen gadget I own.
I’m a 77-year-old male living alone and hardly a cook. I bought the Ninja Dual more in hopes than expectations, and it’s exceeded my expectations. It’s early days yet, but I am loving it and have used it for nearly every main meal I have eaten since I purchased it. A tiny bit of trial and error was involved in adjusting times and temperatures. However, if I can use it and cook a decent meal, anybody can. @Adsum

Best kitchen item I have ever bought.
The Ninja is amazing!! Easy to clean, cooks everything super-fast, and keeps all the flavor. Still work out all the time, lol, but haven’t used my oven or hob in weeks!! Get one!! @Cheryl McMahon

You should consider this before buying:

This fryer may not be suitable for a large group or family as the 2 drawers are not very large. It’s just big enough for you to cook up to 3 servings in it.

Questions and answers:

Q: Does it crisp the skin on roast chickens?
A: Yes, it does. I use olive oil or crisp and dry oil over the chicken. A crispy chicken and very juicy.

Q: Can it be used as an alternative to boiling?
A: We would not advise cooking liquids inside the air fryer.

4. The hot water dispenser will fill your cup with hot water in less than 50 seconds.

4.4 stars out of 5
71% positive reviews

This is a cool idea for those who are tired of boiling the kettle for every cup of tea they want during their workday! This kitchen accessory has a 1.5 liter tank but boils exactly one cup for you. This is the best solution for energy saving!

  • Press the button to open the jug and fill the tank with water, enough for 5-7 cups.
  • Put a cup under the tap and press the boil button, and the machine will boil exactly one cup for your coffee, tea, or noodles.

Here’s what buyers think of it:

Easy to use.
I have arthritis in my hands and found it difficult to lift my electric kettle. Was advised to purchase this water heater, and once filled, I have boiling water for at least 5 cups of tea. Very pleased with the purchase so far. @Batty

Brilliant bit of kit!
This is a brilliant small appliance! My only complaint is that I should have bought the larger water-capacity version. You can get about 6 cups of coffee out of this one. Heats up quickly when you need a coffee on the go. I don’t think I will ever go back to a kettle again. Hook it up to a smart plug, and you can have your coffee ready when you come down in the morning. @Mike B

You should consider this before buying:

One portion of boiling water is designed for a standard cup of 200-250 ml, and if you are a fan of large mugs, you should be prepared that the machine will not fill them to the brim.
Also, the device can be quite noisy.

Questions and answers:

Q: Does the water come out quickly or does it trickle?
A: It comes out quite fast. Out of the 45 seconds to get a cupful of hot water, I’d say less than 5 seconds of that is water actually pouring out. The rest sounds like a regular kettle.

Q: Does it switch itself off?
A: Yes, so you have to have the cup underneath as soon as you turn it on.

5. A grill and griddle to help you cook everything super-fast and all at once

4.7 stars out of 5
83% positive reviews

This is something new for your best English breakfast! Do it quickly, neatly, and without having to wash the pan and your whole kitchen!

  • Control the cooking temperature manually.
  • Fry scrambled eggs and bacon at the same time in a pan, and grill sausages on the grill.
  • Make pancakes on the right side and a grilled cheese on the left.
  • Take care of your health, and don’t use extra oil, as the non-stick coating will prevent your food from burning.

Here’s what buyers think of it:

No more pans for everyday cooking!
Rapid heat up, miles better than the original version. Get cooking in <2 mins and even heat all around. Note the griddle and flat area have individual power controls, which is great for cooking everything properly and on time together. The surface is super slick, the best nonstick I’ve seen on a George. @Jesse M.

Quick and easy to clean.
Very easy to clean. Quick and easy to prepare delicious meals. Have used it nearly every day. No need to add oil either, so fantastic for healthy cooking. My 9-year-old loves to cook pancakes on it. @Amazon Customer

You should consider this before buying:

If you like to simmer food for a long time over low heat, this gadget is not for you. It is really powerful and cooks food pretty quickly.
For the non-stick coating to perform its function, let it heat up properly (some users have had food stick to the surface).

Questions and answers:

Q: Can the grill plates be removed for cleaning in the dishwasher?
A: No, they have to be cleaned by hand, they can’t be removed

Q: Can this be used outdoors?
A: We use ours (we have had ours for 10 years) outside when we are away in our motorhome under the canopy. Before that, we used it under the awning of the caravan.

6. The portable smart stirrer will free your hands and help you prepare dishes with the perfect consistency.

4.2 stars out of 5
63% positive reviews

Make the perfect sauce hands-free! Dishes that require constant stirring will no longer drive you crazy. It’ll look like you waved a magic wand! This is the best kitchen find for those who love complex recipes.

  • Charge the device and place it on the edge of the pot. One charge will get you up to 13 hours.
  • Turn on the stirrer and let it work on the perfect consistency for your dish. You can be sure that nothing will burn!

Here’s what buyers think of it:

No more burned sauce.
Canning tomato sauce squeezed from my garden tomatoes was always a sketchy project, because of the constant stirring of the sauce to keep it from burning while reducing it to a thicker consistency. This device made the process a pleasure instead of a chore. I still checked the pot every so often on the first batch, but after that, I was able to do other things and not hover over the stove. The sauce came out perfectly. I hesitated on the price of this thing but what sold me was the long battery life compared to several cheaper devices I looked at. This thing ran strong for over 2 hours and still had reserve power for a second batch and more. @Papyote

Stirred 5 quarts of heavy cream for 4+ hours
Once a year, the family gets together for my birthday and makes a special Italian dish. The gravy for this dish must be constantly stirred! For years that has been one person’s job! When I saw this and I always read the bad reviews, not the 5-star reviews, I was a bit concerned, but I’m not looking to stir caramel. This works better than I could have imagined!! Constantly stirred my gravy (5 quarts of heavy cream) even after I thickened it. It continued for 4 plus hours and never skipped a beat!! Daughter-in-law lost her stirring job and wants one for X-Mas!! For MY use was 5+ @RONALD PASSARDI

You should consider this before buying:

This appliance did not do well for several users who bought it for roasting coffee beans. The temperature of this process is too high and may melt the stirrer. We do not recommend purchasing this product for this purpose!

Questions and answers:

Q: As this comes from America does it charge on UK 240 volts please?
A: Yes, an adapter is included for UK 240 volts.

Do you like to test new kitchen gadgets or do you consider yourself a kitchen conservative?

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